Friday, 4 September 2015

Design By Humans releases The Force Awakens apparel

Design By Humans has launched officially licensed Star Wars: The Force Awakens apparel for Force Friday!

Fans and collectors can choose from an amazing high quality collection encompassing beloved characters from the original trilogy and new characters from The Force Awakens including BB-8, Finn, Rey and, my personal favourite, Kylo Ren.

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Shop Design By Humans for official The Force Awakens apparel today!

This blog post is sponsored by Design By Humans.

Thursday, 3 September 2015

Many unboxings on Force Friday, there will be

Tomorrow is Force Friday! When merchandise for Star Wars: The Force Awakens is unleashed across the globe in partnership with retailers including Toys "R" Us, Target and World of Disney stores.

“Star Wars toys have always played an important role in how our fans interact with the saga,” Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy says. The new products “will continue that tradition.”

Fans will be able to watch an official unboxing live stream on YouTube.

Will you be posting an unboxing video? Let me know in the comments below.

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Play the Star Wars Battlefront Beta this October

Publisher EA has announced a Star Wars Battlefront Beta for early October.

"Coming early October to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and on Origin for PC, the Star Wars Battlefront Beta* is a technical test and will feature Walker Assault on Hoth, a 40-player multiplayer battle featuring Rebels and the Empire. Walker Assault will also give you the chance to play as two of the most iconic characters in the Star Wars™ universe: Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker. The Beta will also feature our Survival Mission on Tatooine, where you and a Rebel friend must fight back waves of Imperial forces."

The multiplayer beta will be open to everyone.

A companion app for iOS and Android devices will be available prior to the release of Star Wars Battlefront on 17th November.

Excited for Star Wars Battlefront? Let me know in the comments below.

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

The force is strong with PlayStation

Sony's adding to its tally of limited edition PS4 consoles with a Star Wars themed PS4 bundle this holiday season.

The bundle includes:

  • 1TB limited edition PS4 system and Dual Shock 4 wireless controller inspired by Darth Vader
  • A physical copy of Star Wars: Battlefront
  • A digital voucher to download four classic Star Wars titles: Super Star Wars, Star Wars Racer Revenge, Jedi Starfighter and Star Wars Bounty Hunter

Sony, please release the Darth Vader-inspired DS4 for those of us who already own a PS4.

Pre-orders for Star Wars: Battlefront will include early access to the Battle of Jakku campaign from the upcoming The Force Awakens.

Pre-order the PS4 Star Wars Battlefront bundle today.

Sunday, 16 August 2015

First look at Star Wars: Rogue One

Rogue One, the inaugural Star Wars anthology movie, has begun principal photography and Lucasfilm released a first look photo of the cast during D23.

Gareth Edwards (Godzilla) is directing the story that follows resistance fighters who have united to steal the plans to the Empire's dreaded Death Star.

“Rogue One takes place before the events of Star Wars: A New Hope and will be a departure from the saga films but have elements that are familiar to the Star Wars universe,” says Kathleen Kennedy. “It goes into new territory, exploring the galactic struggle from a ground-war perspective while maintaining that essential Star Wars feel that fans have come to know. Gareth is such an innovative director and I’m so excited to be working with him and the extraordinary ensemble cast he’s selected for ‘Rogue One.’”

Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything) leads the ensemble. Alexandre Desplat is the composer, but John Williams' familiar themes are bound to be referenced.

Rogue One is due in cinemas December 2016.

Saturday, 15 August 2015

Tom Baker to voice a character in Star Wars

An actor, synonymous with playing one of my childhood heroes, is about to make his debut in a galaxy far, far away...

Tom Baker, famous for his portrayal of Doctor Who's fourth incarnation, made a cryptic reference to appearing in Star Wars during the Day of the Doctors convention in Slough. That's according to Sci-Fi Fantasy Network.

“I’m going to be in this new Star Wars thing, you know?” Tom told eager fans as he signed autographs. “I’m going down to record some voices for this new character they’ve created for me, very soon.”

Could the veteran actor be recording a part for The Force Awakens, Star Wars Rebels or Rogue One? If - and that's a big if - it's The Force Awakens, December is going to be very special indeed.

It's worth noting that another former Doctor Who, David Tennant, has appeared in the Star Wars franchise. Tennant voiced Huyang, earning himself an Emmy Award, in The Clone Wars.

Feel free to speculate in the comments below.

Thursday, 13 August 2015

EW deep dives into The Force Awakens

Entertainment Weekly has exclusively published 12 new photos from the set of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Director JJ Abrams sheds light on why he decided to direct the new Star Wars movie and there's insight into the enigmatic Kylo Ren played by Adam Driver (Girls).

You can view the full gallery here.

Tuesday, 11 August 2015

First Order assembles in The Force Awakens TV Spot

The first TV Spot for Star Wars: The Force Awakens premiered on South Korean television and was posted to the official YouTube channel.

New footage depicts a rally of The First Order, featuring Captain Phasma and Stormtroopers, followed by a montage taken from the first two teaser trailers.

This weekend's D23 Expo, a Comic-Con for Disney aficionados, may see further footage from the highly-anticipated seventh movie in the Star Wars franchise.

Monday, 10 August 2015

HBO's chilling teaser for Westworld

HBO revisits seminal sci-fi western Westworld (1973) in its upcoming television series executive produced by JJ Abrams and Jonathan Nolan. Here's a chilling first look that pays homage to Michael Crichton's original dysfunctional theme park. An idea Crichton would return to in Jurassic Park.

HBO describes Westworld as "a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin." The series stars Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Rodrigo Santoro, Shannon Woodward, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Ben Barnes, Jimmi Simpson, Clifton Collins, Jr., Simon Quarterman, and Angela Sarafyan, and will air in 2016.

Friday, 7 August 2015

Star Wars: The Complete Saga steelbooks on Blu-ray

There was a time when Star Wars was re-released for the home video market on an almost annual basis. Lost count how many editions I've owned over the years and stopped when the saga bowed on Blu-ray disc! Subsequently switching to streaming services such as Netflix and NOW TV in preference to those silver platters. NOW TV is showing the Star Wars saga on demand from this weekend.

Now Disney is releasing the complete saga, in the wake of the digital collection, on limited edition steelbook Blu-ray disc this November. These are not the original theatrical releases, but are based on the special editions. So, if you want to see Han shoot first, these aren't the editions you're looking for.

The limited edition set is released on 9th November prior to The Force Awakens this December.